August 16, 2012 Subject:
Truth & beauty
These songs have truth after truth—expressed poetically but precisely. The music is amazing—Harvey is extremely talented—and it backs up the messages perfectly.
You can't stop listening even if you're trying to focus on something else and you didn't want to think about this stuff today. The music is too good and the topic is too urgent.
New York, Baltimore, the Middle East, Africa — THE NEW ENCLOSURES talks explicitly about how these places relate to an interconnected global system of exploitation. Prisons, slums, armies, and luxury apartments.
It's brutal and chilling stuff. But Harvey also takes care to include messages of hope, particularly as the album progresses. The last song, "Making the Road", might even lead you to feel as optimistic as honestly possible. Hey, it does kind of seem like the 'global revolt' materialized...